MHG7305 - EBA Flat Axe, Nr Nairn


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

An Early Bronze Age, decorated flat axe (Coles' type Bb), found near Nairn (NH 88 56) was purchased for the NMAS in 1880 (Acc No: DA 8). It measures 10.75 ins in length, 6 ins in greatest breadth and 3/8 ins in thickness, and belongs to Megaw and Hardy's Class I(2).
Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1880; B R S Megaw and E M Hardy 1938; J M Coles 1971; I C Walker 1974

No further information. Visited by OS (E G C) 29 November 1961.

(Nairn variant of Migdale type). Near Nairn, Nairnshire. Single find. Flat axe, badly corroded on one face, gritty, green. Length 269mm, butt 39mm, cutting edge 144mm, weight over 1000 gms. NMAS DA 8.
P K Schmidt and C B Burgess 1981.

This axehead was catalogued and photographed as part of the North Kessock & District Local History Society and Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) collaborative 'Feats of Clay' Project, which was focused on Bronze Age metalworking around the Moray Firth. It was assigned an Early Bronze Age date. <1>

The axe is described in the NMS catalogue as decorated by four rows of punch marks arranged in a chevron-like pattern parallel to the edges. Acc. No. DA 8. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 8800 5600 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH85NE
Civil Parish NAIRN
Geographical Area NAIRN

Finds (1)

  • AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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